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Highland Hills Middle School Announcement for Monday, January 23, 2023



Yearbook wants to include some of the amazing activities students do outside of school! If you participate in an activity that is not school sponsored, please send us pictures of you doing that activity. We also would like to include your travel pictures! Send us pictures of HHMS students around the country and around the world. Please email your picture and a description to Ms. Benning at rbenning@nafcs.org. Submissions are due by 2/10. Remember to purchase your yearbook at www.yearbookforever.com!





Congratulations to the 7th Grade & 8th Grade STAR Students that were recognized today:

Lilly Fish, Claire Vierling, Daniel Wilbert, Lara Su Brown, Kaci Geer, Keegan Hunchman, Timmy Okong’o, Collin Stewart, Jenna Woten, Daniel Wilbert, Maddie Ising, Isla Schweitzer, Jocelyn Messer, Daniel Arnold, Taylor Watson, Ava McKinney, Gavin Gillespie, Ai-Marie Shiga, Karsen Graeter, Lucas Alejamdro, Lucy Schuler, Owen Elsbury, Jace Tomlin, Jacob Collett, Jadyn Drury, Rachel Plank, Logan Roberts, Brady Thornhill, Jaxon Stone, Aiden Fetz, Barrett Wells, Alexis Reed, Addison Whittemore, & Jacob Fox



Next PTO Meeting – February 13@ 2:15 – 3:30pm



Athletics Announcements (We also have an athletic bulletin board located in the Commons near the pool)

HHMS defeated Scottsburg 108-18 and also Silver Creek 94- 27 on Thursday night!  Great job!

The HHMS wrestling team attended two meets over the weekend. On Saturday the team won over with an overall score of 53-24 at the Parkview Invitational. These wrestlers were undefeated!

Everett Ehringer

Dawson Nance

Trey Pinter

Levi Meland

Brayden Lone

Aiden Fetz

Carson Wilder

Landon Banks

Barrett Wells

On Sunday, 13 wrestlers competed and qualified for the Middle School State tournament.

1st Place – Noah Ward

2nd Place – Kodi Hughes

3rd Place – Aidan Fetz, Britt Denison, Jax Robinson

4th Place – Bobby Garvis

5th Place – Barrett Wells

6th Place – Cole Bibelhauser

7th Place – Isaac Hodges

8th Place – Zander Essex, Varric Wright, Hadyn McCallion, Blake Sherril


Clubs (We have a club bulletin board located in the Commons near the pool)

  • Art Club ~ Meets until 5:00pm in A251, the second floor science lab.  Taylor Hannon will be the club sponsor.  thannon@nafcs.org

Group One –  1/25/23; 2/8/23; 3/1/23; 3/15/23; 4/12/23; 4/26/23; 5/10/23; 5/24/23

Group 2 –  2/1/23; 2/22/23; 3/8/23; 4/5/23; 4/19/23; 5/3/23; 5/17/23; 5/24/23

  • Book Club ~ will take place from 4:00 – 5:00PM in the Library. (Gina Ransford)

  • Bowling Club:  Matches begin Tuesday, February 21 at Blackiston Bowl. One match a week (Tuesday) and practices (optional) every Sunday 5pm – 7pm (no practices on 3/19 & 3/26) .  If interested, please email Chris McCue @ christopher.d.mccue@gmail.com  All skill levels are encouraged to join, no experience needed or required.

    • Match dates:

      • Feb 21

      • Feb 28

      • Mar 7

      • Mar 14

      • Apr 4

      • Apr 11


  • Campus Life  – for 5-8th grades meets on every Wednesday after school until 5:00pm in the cafeteria. Campus Life is a positive place where students can have fun with friends, talk about relevant issues, and be heard without judgment. It’s a place where you will be challenged to make good decisions and lead in a positive way here at HHMS.  See Kevin Becht with any questions @ kbecht@yfc.net


  • Chess club ~ will meet on Tuesdays after school until 5:00.  We will meet in Mrs. Schroeder’s room (A244).  No experience required.  See Mrs. Milliner amilliner@nafcs.org or Mrs. Schroeder jschroeder@nafcs.org if you have any questions.


  • Debate Club Just a reminder that the debate club will meet Mondays after school until 4:30 in room A123.  Please see Mrs. Stewart if you have any questions.  Debate club will continue to meet through spring break, but we will have to change the day to Monday instead of Thursday.   Debate club will meet on the following dates:

    • Monday – 1/23

    • Monday- 2/6

    • Monday – 2/20

    • Monday 3/6

    • The March date will be the last meeting for this school year.  Thank you to all who participated!!!


  • Dungeons and Dragons club will meet on Thursdays after school in the cafeteria.  Students should be picked up at 5:00.  Students are not allowed to come to Dungeons and Dragons if they do not have a completed club registration form signed by their guardians.   The forms can be picked up in the office or in Room 321.


  • FCA ~   Meets on Tuesdays.  Everyone is welcome to join us.  Please contact Chris or Liz Smith with any questions (cesmith@nafcs.org or esmith@nafcs.org).

    • FCA will meet as a full group on Tuesday, January 24 and Tuesday, January 31 at 8:00 am in Mr. Smith’s Health room (Room C181)

  • Intramurals ~ If there should be a 2-Hour Delay, Intramurals will be canceled.  Intramurals is for any student who is interested in playing different sports. Any questions, please see Ms. Fox or Mr. Michell. Students can enter the gym through door 28. Doors OPEN @ 7:30am

    • Our 7th and 8th graders meet on Thursday mornings from 7:30 – 8:35AM.

    • Our 5th and 6th graders meet on Friday mornings from 7:30 –  8:35AM.

    • The first semester schedule is posted on the club board.

INTRAMURALS for 2nd Semester

7th and 8th grade are on Thursdays from 7:30 – 8:40

5th and 6th grade are on Fridays from 7:30 – 8:40

If there is a 2 hour delay or a snow day, there will be NO INTRAMURALS on that day.

If you have any questions see Mrs. Fox or Mr. Michell



Jan. 19 – 20


Jan. 26 – 27

Flag Football

Feb. 2 – 3

Floor Hockey

Feb. 9 – 10


Feb. 16 – 17


Feb. 23 – 24


March 2 – 3


March 9 – 10

Floor Hockey

March 16 – 17


March 23 – 24


March 30 – 31


April 6 – 7

Flag Football

April 13 – 14


April 20 – 21

Falcon Ball

April 27 – 28



  • Journalism Club ~  We will meet weekly on Wednesdays in room A185 from 4-5pm.  This is open to all 5-8 grade students and we will be learning the basics of journalism while attending events, conducting interviews and taking pictures to put in the publication we will produce.   If you have any questions, please email staggatt@nafcs.org

  • Lego Club ~ (Leslie Pendleton & Mendy Cavan).  You may bring your own legos to play with, or you can use the ones that have been donated.  They will be a meeting after school till 4:30 in the library on the following dates:

    • Wed, Jan 25 – CANCELED

    • Wed Feb 8

    • Wed, March 8

  • Random Acts of Kindness  (K. Boehlein)

  • Robotics Club ~ For 6th/7th & 8th grade students after school on Monday, Tuesday & Thursdays from 4-5:30pm in Room A251.  Sponsor – Chris Mattingly

    • Group 1 – Tuesdays

    • Group 2 – Thursdays

    • January:

      • 1/23, 1/24, 1/26

      • 1/30, 1/31

    • February:

      • 2/2

      • 2/6, 2/7, 2/9

      • 2/13, 2/14, 2/16

      • 2/20, 2/21, 2/23

      • 2/27, 2/28, 3/3

    • March:

      • 3/6, 3/7, 3/9

      • 3/13, 3/14, 3/16

  • Sign Language (ASL) Club will continue to meet in the Safety Net Room (across from the cafe’) every other Tuesday from 8:15am.  See Deana Schaffer if you have any questions – dschaffer@nafcs.org

    • Here are the dates for our ASL Club meetings:

      • January 24

      • February 14

      • February 28

      • March 14

      • April 11

      • April 25

      • May 9

      • May 23

  • Student Council will meet in A-386 on the following dates:

    • Jan 26

    • Feb 23

    • March skip because of break

    • Apr 13

    • May 11

  • Sudoku club –  There is no Sudoku club this Thursday.  We will resume club on 1/19. ~ will meet on Thursdays in Room A342 after school until 5:00.  Students in grades 5-8 are welcome to join.  Anyone interested should email Mrs. Jenkins (kjenkins@nafcs.org) for more information.

  • Theatre Club ~ SEIZE THE DAY!

Interested in auditioning for Newsies Jr?   Information regarding dates, expectations and auditions have been posted on HHMS Theatre’s Google Classroom:  Code:  womtbf2

(Please note:  More specific audition requirements will be released on Feb 1.)


Good luck to any of our Jaguars that perform or play this evening.  Remember to go out and have a kind heart, a fierce mind, and a brave spirit.  Have a great afternoon.


OTHER Announcements

Follow or Contact the HHMS PTO!

Website: http://hhmspto.net

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/HHMSPTO

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/HHMSPTO

Twitter: https://twitter.com/HHMSPTO





  • Volunteering in the building/field trips/guest speakers will require a criminal background check each school year.   Here is the google link for Background check – https://forms.gle/vuLRRKRZkPSoFydn7


  • If you are anticipating being out of school for more 2 or more consecutive days, stop by the office to pick up a green Absence form from Mrs. Burger.


  • Car Rider Reminder – please pull you vehicle all the way up (bumper to bumper) so that we can get as many cars in as possible when loading and unloading.


  • No Students should be walking in the parking lot unless with adult supervision.  Thank you

Car Rider Pick-up and Drop Off

All car riders dropping off or picking up students will enter the Indian Creek Lane entrance (NOT our main entrance).  The front is for Buses and Staff Parking only.  Once you pass the tennis courts, you will use:

  • Morning drop-off:

  • To alleviate congestion on the main road in the morning, we will allow vehicles to use either the upper or lower car rider lines to drop off their students based on traffic flow.

  • Only 5th-grade students will be allowed to go straight to their classroom at 8:40am.

  • All 6th, 7th, & 8th-grade students using the upper car rider line will use the back stairwell with supervision to walk down to the Commons/Cafe’/Gym.  These students should NOT stop at their locker or their classrooms unsupervised.

  • Please stay in your lane and remain in that lane.  If you are in the right lane, that will be taking you up to the upper car rider line.  If you are in the left lane, that will take you to the lower car rider lane.  For safety measures, you should NOT switch lanes at the 3-way stop.

  • Don’t release students from your vehicle until 8:40am in both the upper and lower car rider lines. This is for their safety.


  • Afternoon pick-up:

    • The right-hand lane to enter the Upper Car Rider Circle (5th & 6th  Grade ONLY)

    • The left-hand lane to use the Lower Car Rider Circle (for vehicles that have any 7th or 8th Grade students)

  • All vehicles will NEED to stop at the 3-Way stop in the back.  (We are still waiting on the white lines to be painted)

  • Both lanes will exit using the side parking lot (orange below)

  • Cars attempting to enter the front entrance will be directed to the Indian Creek Lane for drop off.  We appreciate your cooperation.

  • If you arrive at HHMS at 9:00, you need to use the front entrance and walk your student in for a Tardy pass. (The back doors will be locked for safety reasons)



  • Highland Hills is actively seeking adult volunteers to join our Mentor Mii Program. If you are interested in becoming a mentor for a student in need, please reach out to Nicole Smith nsmith@nafcs.org. This would involve meeting with a student once a week for approximately 30 minutes.


  • NEW: Indiana Launches New Platform to Connect Eligible Students and Families with Math, Reading Tutoring ~ Eligible families can now access the Indiana Learns family platform, an online portal where they can view their grant funds, see Learning Partner vendors, and schedule tutoring services for their qualifying student. Indiana Learns is a new statewide grant program that provides families, demonstrating both financial and academic need, with up to $1,000 to spend on math and reading high-dosage tutoring and approved out-of-school academic programs for their students. Families can visit the Indiana Learns website to check eligibility and log in. Please contact Seana Murphy from Indiana Learns with any questions.


  • Cold and flu season is upon us.  Just a reminder that students need to be fever free without medication for 24 hours and vomit/diarrhea free for 24 hours before returning to school.  We want to keep everyone safe!  Thank you!



Middle School Softball Tryout Information:


Silver Street Park ~ 2043 Silver Street, New Albany, IN 47150

Dates and Times:

  • 5th/6th Grade Students – Sunday, February 19, 12:00-2:00pm

  • 7th Grade Students – Sunday, February 19, 1:30-3:30pm

  • 8th Grade Students – Saturday, February 18th, 6:00-8:00pm

PLEASE REGISTER PRIOR TO TRYOUTS AT :  https://forms.gle/xDzQUp3oMxc9BsFH8